Pay-TV Firms Flood List of Most Hated Companies

Here's a look at what's turning cable's crank today.

  • Pay-TV service providers are well represented in Atlantic Magazine's list of the 19 most hated companies in America, including Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) (No. 3); Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (No. 4); Charter Communications Inc. (No. 5); Cox Communications Inc. (No. 17); and Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) (No. 18). Airlines and utility companies also had a good showing.

  • Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR), Time Warner Cable and Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) expanded their WiMax footprint in the New York City metropolitan area to an additional 91,363 people. The companies said nearly 12 million people in the New York area can now access the mobile broadband network. (See Clearwire Sets Big City 4G Launch Dates .)

  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may fine Comcast $375,000 for refusing to carry The Tennis Channel in widely distributed tiers enjoyed by networks owned by the cable MSO. (See Tennis Channel: Comcast Discriminates.)

  • Soon after National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) urged the FCC to all but kill AllVid, it was the AllVid Tech Company Alliance's turn to ask the Commission to keep the potential CableCARD successor alive. The Alliance, which counts TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO), Best Buy and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) among its supporters, filed comments Monday arguing that an open IP interface, not technology choices picked by service providers, would best create a competitive retail market for video devices. (See Google, TiVo & Best Buy Rally for AllVid and AllVid Starting to Look App-Tastic .)

  • Here's a story about a Comcast sub who was cut off from the MSO's high-speed Internet access service for one year for repeatedly busting Comcast's 250-Gigabyte monthly consumption. (See Comcast Says No to Usage-Based Billing and Comcast Draws the Line at 250GB.)

  • Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) may pay the New York City public school system $500,000 for a two-year contract to carry high school sports on its MSG Varsity Network.

  • TW Cable is adding 225 jobs in Charlotte, N.C., to staff a national data center, after the city and North Carolina promised it $3 million in incentives.

  • Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) shares cracked the $300 mark for the first time Monday before closing at $290.74.

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable, and Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

  • KathyWei 12/5/2012 | 4:59:37 PM
    re: Pay-TV Firms Flood List of Most Hated Companies

    It’s the same old story with the Cable companies. Bad service, high prices... For TV all you really need is a Computer and an Internet Connection. Use a service like TVDevo.com ,download the software and watch TV. Or use some other tv service. Anything but Comcast.

    Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:59:35 PM
    re: Pay-TV Firms Flood List of Most Hated Companies

    Wow, cable companies put on a list of most hated?  Excuse me while I gasp in shock and amazement as they hit the easy targets.  AT least they put one telco on there (AT&T) but for its mobile foibles. Guess we all needed something to debate until The Consumerist puts together the finalists for next year's  Golden Poo tournament. JB

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